The banana story – I made a bit of a ‘boo boo’ when speaking Thai!

Last week I was at a restaurant with my friend Cim and my Dad.   Earlier that day Cim and I had been talking about how yummy Banana Rotis are, seeing as the restaurant had many Roti dishes in the menu I thought I would ask the waiter if they could make us some Banana Rotis for desert. 

So…  I said, “Me roti sai gooway mai?” (thinking I was saying : ‘Do you have roti with banana?’).   The waiter looked at me very puzzled, so I kept repeating the word ‘Gooway’  and started to do actions of a monkey enthusiastically eating a banana saying things like ‘Ling gin Gooway, me roti sai gooway’ (Monkey eats banana, do you have roti with banana?).  The guy looked at me as if I was a bit crazy, he politely smiled and said ‘Mai me’ (no have).    So I said, mai pen rai (never mind) an ordered something else.

I was telling the story to someone at dad’s work the next day while munching on a little banana .  The lady at dads work started laughing and told me some very important information…  the word for banana is not ‘Gooway’ its Gruway (with an ‘r’).    It turns out I was asking the waiter for a roti with a piece of the male anatomy on it!   Oops!   No wonder he looked at me as if I was a bit nutty!     


Author: julia

I am a kiwi who likes to live and travel overseas.

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